Fourteen students in grades 5-12 will be recognized at an honors convocation at 7 p.m. on June 1 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester.
The students represent two Hochstein programs for its most advanced musicians: merit scholarship winners and candidates for completion of the honors certificate program. They will perform solos during the honors convocation.
Hochstein teachers nominate students for merit scholarships. Auditions were held in January-March. The scholarships are organized in four categories for various age levels of music students. Funds were established to memorialize former board members Sydney Rubin and his wife, Pearl; Lillian Taylor Hubbard; and Walter Holloran, as well as Sidney and Ruth Salzman, Dorothy Pund Allen, David Romig, Christina and Diana Wang, Donald Yungkurth and the Knights of Pythias.
The honors certificate program is entered by audition. It is an intensive course of study over several years. Many graduates pursued further musical studies at conservatories and university schools of music in the U.S. Significant support for the program comes from the Davison Foundation.
The honors convocation will recognize the following students.
Merit scholarship winners
Grades 5-6: Shreya Bhattacharya, violin, of Penfield, Dorothy Pund Allen Memorial Scholarship; Erica Liu, violin, of Rochester, Walter J. Holloran Memorial Scholarship; and Aaron Sheu, violin, of Rochester; Lillian Taylor Hubbard Memorial Scholarship.
Grades 7-8: Thomas DeFisher, piano, of Williamson, David Romig Memorial Scholarship; Amy Feng, cello, of Pittsford, Christina and Diana Wang Memorial Scholarship; and Luke Pisani, piano, of Rochester, Knights of Pythias Memorial Scholarship.
Grades 9-10: Felix Huang, cello, of Webster, Christina and Diana Wang Memorial Scholarship; Isaac Pollock, guitar, of Rochester; Knights of Pythias Memorial Scholarship; and Agathya Visveswaran, guitar, of Brighton, Donald Yungkurth Memorial Scholarship.
Grades 11-12: Erin Allen, viola, of Pittsford, Sydney and Pear Rubin Memorial Scholarship; Michael Blum, piano, of Penfield, Sidney and Ruth Salzman Memorial Scholarship; Nikhil Damani, violin, of Pittsford, Dorothy Pund Allen Memorial Scholarship; and Jacqueline Hager, cello, of Brighton, Christina and Diana Wang Memorial Scholarship.
Two seniors are expected to complete the honors certificate program this year: Nikhil Damani, violin, of Pittsford, and Amelia Snyder, saxophone, of Irondequoit.
Three students received honorable mention: Aden Bany Ata, violin, of Pittsford; Ji-Mi Jang, of Pittsford; and Amelia Snyder, saxophone, of Irondequoit.
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